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Mask remain in place on Wayne County Schools campus

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     Wayne County Schools are looking forward to a successful opening of school on Thursday, August 19th. Considerable trainings, hiring, planning, and updates to facilities are in place to meet student needs. 

      Wayne County Schools are following a state Kentucky Board of Education emergency regulation to wear a face covering to mitigate the spread of COVID.

      Students and staff in all Kentucky K-12 public and private schools are required to wear a mask under an emergency regulation passed Thursday, August 12th by the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE).

      Therefore, Kentucky public school students and staff are required to wear a mask under an emergency regulation approved by the KBE. The regulation, approved at a Thursday KBE meeting, requires masks to be worn in all public school buildings for up to 270 days.

      In the motion to approve the regulation, the board said if and when the Centers for Disease Control and the Kentucky Department of Public Health no longer recommend masks in schools, the board would call a meeting to consider rescinding the regulation.

      “I really believe this is a very practical strategy to reduce the number of days that our students, faculty and staff would otherwise have to be in quarantine away from school,” said KBE Chairwoman Lu Young. “Returning students to in-person learning and keeping them there is our priority.”

        Wayne County Schools “Cover your Beak” campaign is back in place for all age students, as well as the daycare program, regardless of a person’s vaccination status. So, everyone inside the school buildings and on buses will be wearing masks.

         The purpose of the campaign is to protect the students and staff from the second round of the delta variant. The goal is to keep local schools open to in-person learning, which begins Thursday, August 19th.

         A small percentage of students districtwide have opted for virtual learning, instead of in-person learning, which has recently been offered by the district.

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